Women Authors of the Heian Period
March is Women’s History Month, and today we’re going to revel in the writing of Japanese women from the Heian period.
Women have been writers as long as writing has existed, but their work often has been lost or neglected. However, while the literary professions were generally dominated by men, it was women who were the driving force behind the Golden Age of Japanese literature, and their work has come down to us through the centuries.
The Heian period (794-1185) is known for its memoirs, autobiographical narratives, and love poems. The masters of Heian literature were women of the Imperial Court and members of the aristocracy who offer intimate glimpses into the lives of the powerful and the passionate.
The writer known to us as the “Mother of Michitsuna” wrote the Kagerō Diary, the first of the…
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